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Steps to Find Which Apps Used Your Personal Data Recently on Android 12

It’s been less than a month since the Android 12 beta program began, and we’re already seeing much of what was hinted at Google I/O make its way into beta 2, with privacy at the forefront this time. Google is making changes that will strengthen your private data protection and make you more aware of the choices you make in this regard, in addition to making it easier to access and personalize.

Users can keep track of which apps have recently accessed their personal data with Privacy Dashboard, a new Privacy settings option in Android 12. Here’s how the Privacy Dashboard works, as well as how to get to it if you already have Beta 2 installed on your device (or later).

What is Privacy Dashboard?

The new Privacy Dashboard is your one-stop shop for all things relating to your app permissions and history. It gives information on all apps that have had access to specified permissions in the last 24 hours. You can check your permission history, modify app permissions, and keep an eye on your overall privacy situation all from one one page. So, let’s take a closer look at how you may make use of the Privacy Dashboard..

How to check which apps used what permissions recently

Here’s how to see which applications in the previous 24 hours used your permissions to access what personal data of yours. To begin, go to the Settings app. Then select Privacy..

Here, you will see a new Privacy Dashboard option. Tap on it.

This is the area where you can check which permissions on your phone have been accessed the most in the last 24 hours, and the pie chart at the top provides a good visual representation of it..

Only the three basic categories – Location, Camera, and Microphone – are displayed by default (the latter two also received their own quick toggles in Android 12). To see all the categories, tap on See other permissions.

This will display all the other minor data categories as well, which are the following:

When you tap ‘See other permissions’, the pie chart at the top will also change as shown below — it will now show the Other category.

To check the permission history of a category, tap on it. We will use the Microphone permission here. So, we tap on Microphone.

This will open up the ‘Permission history’ page. Here, we can see the apps that accessed the Microphone on the device in the past 24 hours and for how long.

You can tap on an app to manage its permission. Quick access to categorical permissions is also given at the bottom if you need to make adjustments.

That’s how to check the apps that used permissions to access your personal data.

So, whenever you want to find which apps had access to particular permissions, simply select that permission and you will get the list of apps. Similarly, you can go back and click on any other permission, for example, camera, to see what apps used your device’s camera in the past 24 hours.

How to show the system apps too

You won’t see a breakdown of which ‘System’ apps got access to your personal data by default. To modify this, go to the top right corner and hit the three dots..

Then Show system.

This will give you a truer picture of how many apps had access to your device’s permissions.

Once you have found an app you want to dig further into, you can actually check all the permissions it’s accessed from the same page.

How to see all the permissions used by the app

To check all the permissions that are being used by the app, tap on an app on the permission usage screen itself (Clubhouse, in our example).

This will take you to the ‘App permissions’ page. (Note: You can also access the permissions for the app from Settings > Apps > (select the app) > Permissions.)

Here, tap on the three dots at the top right corner.

Then tap on All permissions.

You will now get an extensive list of permissions that the app is capable of accessing.

Can you get usage data for more than 24 hours?

There is currently no way to obtain data for app permissions for more than 24 hours. There is no way around it because the ‘Permission history’ page under the Privacy dashboard is a new addition with no analogue in any other Settings panel. In a future build, we’d want to see the possibility to retrieve app permission data for more than 24 hours. However, we only have a 24-hour window right now.


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